Italian Googlers might face 6 months

Fri 27 November 2009 11:00, Bas van den Beld

Italian Googlers might face 6 months

The trial has been coming for quite a few months now, as we reported on the matter back in February but the actual trial is now starting. The prosecutors presented their case this Wednesday and asked for a six-month to a year sentences for the Googlers.

The Italians believe the responsibility for the presence of the video on YouTube which showed a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied lies with Google.

The Google executives on trial are David Carl Drummond, the head of Google Italy's managing board at the time; George De Los Reyes, a board member who has since quit; Peter Fleitcher, in charge of privacy protection in Europe; and Arvind Desikan, head of videos for Europe.

Fleitcher already stated he won't be at the trial himself, he actually is not in Italy anymore:

"I'll be represented by outside counsel. I believe that each of my 3 co-defendants has reached the same conclusion. As for me, I'm under clear instructions from my outside counsel not to set foot in Italy, at all. That's a tragedy, since I love Italy."

The lawyers of the Google employees will defend the case December 14th.

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    • Gabriele

    I am an Italian SEO based in London, and believe me my country is not as bad as Mr. Fleitcher's "outside counsel" is thinking.
    Italy have few problems, that's a fact; but surely is a free country and Mr. Fleithcer doesn't risk to be prosecuted if he sets foot in Italy.

    Vr 27 nov 2009, 12:08

  • I am sorry, but if he does not risk prosecution then why is there a trial currently underway. You may mean to imply that he won't actually face time for the matter on trial, but is that really a risk somebody would willingly take? No. If this matter is truly as important as the Italian courts seem to imply, then why/are? the posting parties, of this video being prosecuted or is this more of a blame the messenger and not the source?
    Also to think of this in terms of establishing precedent it is very scary/dangerous in terms of what a hosting part will be responsible for. If the host is left responsible, then you are left in an environment where internal hosting censorship will occur, and censorship on the internet is widely considered a TERRIBLE idea. I apologize if this is in direct disagreement with anybody here but precedent is something that must be considered when trying cases and the effect that any judgment will have on future cases.

    Vr 27 nov 2009, 16:13


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